From Emily M

Allan L. Bergano Really easy.
5lbs of soup bones from the butcher
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
3 inch ginger crushed
5 head garlic
1 onion
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon cardamom (I used ground since it was easier to find than pods)

Roast for an hour 400°f in electric roaster
Then pour water over until bones are covered. Simmer for 24 hours, even longer. The longer the better in my opinion


For this week’s Eat Well Challenge, start practicing awareness by slowing down and thinking about what you’re eating and why you’re eating it. Try not to focus on weight loss, food restriction or eliminating favorite foods from your diet. Avoid labeling foods as “good” or “bad.” Your goal this week is to focus on the tastes and textures of food, and how you feel before, during and after eating.


Our last dinner was at the James Beard award restaurant…Mina’s Fish House…at Four Seasons in Ko’Olina.  Weather was a bit rainy but as we descended into the coast, it was so sunny and beautiful.  Prior to, we both had massages by Lisa.  Drove back up to pick Mom.  Back down for a 6PM dinner reservation.

The night was so nice.  The majestic Four Seasons used to be the GW Marriot.  Coy fish ponds…great valet service…and ritzy atmosphere made the evening special.


coy fish at entrance of Four Seasons at Ko’Olina

It was open air seating…now windows.  The evening breeze was very relaxing as well as the candle lights and white linen table tops.  The service was excellent…and..quite young but very attentive and professional.


The appetizers were the bomb.  Raw oysters, shrimp, lobster, poke and a fresh marlin dip.  Everything was very yummy.  I also had salmon sashimi and lobster bisque.




The appetizers were stacked which made presentation quite exotic and memorable.

Prices were quite $$$.



I had the black cod while Edwina and Mom had the butterfish.  My dish was simply incredible.  Edwina’s was a bit disappointing as it was deep fried and laid over a bed of mashed potatoes.




The chocolate dessert was so smooth and chocolaty it just melted in one’s mouth.


The bill came to $630.  but…the experience was simply priceless.

Happy 2020!!!